Hartcliffe, Bristol


Young people in Bristol's SPACEmakers project started off by learning about the design of public spaces and ended up designing their own space within one of the city's parks.

SPACEmakers began as an education project, equipping young people with the knowledge and skills needed to get involved decisions about the design of public spaces. The project was set up by the Architecture Centre in Bristol and The Glass-House, a community-led design organisation.

The young people who took part in SPACEmakers learnt about design and public space, how to evaluate design ideas and the motivational skills that are needed to run public space projects. They also considered what they wanted public spaces to offer them.

After 16 months the project was due to come to an end, but project manager Mark Rooney had raised funds from the Urban II initiative to deliver a capital project. The group put their ideas into practice and the end result was the SPACEmakers public space, an area within a larger park space in the Hartcliffe and Withywood area of Bristol.